This is the first picture of a university graduate who collapsed and died in a hotel lobby after being stabbed at a house party.
Bright Akinlele, 22, bled to death after staggering several hundred yards to the hotel near Euston station to get help after apparently being stabbed in the leg at a house two streets away.
He collapsed in the foyer of the four-star Wesley Hotel. Staff and paramedics fought to save him but he died at the scene on Monday evening.
Today, friends said he was a sports management graduate who was forging a career in music management.
Ivan Toney, a professional footballer for League One side Peterborough United, denied reports that Mr Akinlele had been involved in filming a “drill” rap video before the stabbing.
He added: “We are all devastated. His friends and family are devastated.
“I’ve known Bright for years. He was a university graduate who worked hard to get a degree in sports management to be where he wanted to be in life.
“He was doing what he loved and was working as a manager to an artist in the music industry.
“I spoke to him the day before he died and was so impressed with how committed he was to his work and how determined he was to live his life as a good, honest and humble person.”
Another close friend told the Standard: “Bright was an amazing person with an infectious energy. You can meet him once and remember him for a life time because he was simply an amazing person.
“His death has affected so many lives individually and it’s going to be a hard time trying to understand what and why any of this happened to him.
“We need answers because no family, relative or friend should ever have to depart from their loved ones the way he did.
“Knife crime is a foul act and has a domino effect on multiple lives. We’ve had enough, and it needs to end. The government need to do so much more about it.”
In an emotional tribute, Northampton MC, Izzie Gibbs said Mr Akinlele was a childhood friend who was “a clean-hearted human being trying to help people change their lives.”
Eleven people – four men and seven women – were arrested after the stabbing on Monday night and have since been bailed.
Last night a man was stabbed in Stanmore after police were called to reports of a “disturbance” in Church Road.
He was taken to hospital where his condition was not known this morning. Two men found with minor head injuries were also taken to hospital and were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.